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Christians, etch this blessed day
SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 3 oboes, bassoon, 4 trumpets, timpani, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo - Level 3
Cantata for the 1st day of Christmas. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Reinhold Kubik. Arranged by Paul Horn. This edition: Paperbound. C-Dur (C major). German title: Christen, atzet diesen Tag. Cantatas, Christmas. Full score. Language: German/English. Composed 1715. BWV 63. 104 pages. Duration 27 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3106300).
Item Number: CA.3106300
ISBN M-007-04367-4. With Language: German/English. Cantatas, Christmas.
With its scoring for a large number of performers, who according to earlier practice were divided into various groups, this Cantata is clearly a festive work. In the richness of its scoring it was equalled, but not surpassed, by Bach's first Leipzig Cantate for the Election of the Town Council, BWV 119, of 1723. It is noticeable that the words of BWV 63 relate to Christmas only in the recitatives, while the choruses and arias express the praise of God in general terms.